Claasen Shipyards has announced that two superyachts have arrived at its Dutch yard for refit works over the coming months – 30.4m Hoek schooner Reesle, and 22m Claasen performance yacht Louise.
Reesle has been criss-crossing the ocean since 1995, with recent adventures including trips to Scandinavia, Saint Petersburg and locations further north, all with her original owners at the helm. The refit has been scheduled to prepare her for her around-the-world trip to New Zealand next year.
Project manager Wouter van Rijn explained, “The speed with which this refit was arranged speaks volumes for the flexibility of the Claasen team. The owners’ initial plans to start in October were brought forward two months so I and a colleague [sic.] immediately flew to Kiel to join three crew members in sailing Reesle to Holland. Within a week we were removing the mast and the yacht was inside our facility just north of Amsterdam. Over the next six to eight months we will make Reesle ready for her epic trans-Pacific voyage to New Zealand.”
According to Claasen, the second refit underway on Louise will be less complex, as she returns to the builder that launched her back in 2013. The racer/cruiser set off on her maiden voyage to Rio de Janerio and has since sailed to Antarctica, the Beagle Channel and Easter Island with her owners, as well as taking part in races such as the Sydney to Hobart and Caribbean 600.
Despite her travels, project manager Victor Weerens reports that she still remains in an impressive condition. He said, “Much of the refit work will be the kind of cosmetic refurbishments to the decks and interior that one would expect after the intensive use the yacht has had. We will also carry out systems upgrades and checks on the electronic, plumbing, mast and rigging. The lifting keel will be taken out and serviced.”
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